This round-up was originally published by Campus Progress, a national organization that works with and for young people to promote progressive solutions to key political and social challenges.
A budget plan put forth by Gov. Jerry Brown of California may require a $1.4 billion cut in public higher education institutions in the state. If approved, the plan will cut state support by 18 percent for California State University, 16.4 percent for the University of California (UC), and 6.5 percent for the state’s community colleges. According to University of California President Mark Yudof, the cuts would cause collective student contributions to exceed state contributions for the first time. [Inside Higher Ed]
Virginia legislators will soon be considering barring undocumented students from enrolling in the state’s public universities. Currently, undocumented students can enroll in public universities in Virginia but do not qualify for in-state tuition. Undocumented immigrants are already barred from enrolling in universities in South Carolina, two-year colleges in Alabama, and some universities in Georgia. [The Associated Press]
Washington, DC, college students helped the city population surpass 600,000 in the 2010 census. The population jumped from 572,059 in 2000 to 601,723, possibly due to the area’s seven major colleges, which have grown in enrollment over the past decade. The 2010 census was the first to ask college students to fill out census forms in the cities in which their universities are located. [The GW Hatchet]
A poll found that a significant majority of Americans consider international education important for university students. The survey was conducted by Nafsa: Association of International Educators before the 2010 elections and showed that nearly two-thirds of Americans connect foreign language and study abroad programs with increasing success in the global economy. [The Chronicle of Higher Education]